Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Taylor Crabb Replaced on U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

USA Volleyball announced today that Taylor Crabb, a member of the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team, will be replaced by Tri Bourne in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to a positive COVID-19 test.

A Setback for Taylor Crabb

Taylor Crabb, who was scheduled to compete in his first match on July 25 with partner Jake Gibb, expressed his disappointment in a statement on his Instagram page. Despite taking precautions, getting vaccinated, and following protocols, Crabb tested positive for COVID-19. He is symptom-free but deeply disappointed to not be able to join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of Team USA. Crabb remains optimistic and determined to overcome this setback.

Crabb and Gibb’s Olympic Journey

Crabb and Gibb earned an Olympic berth by finishing in the top 15 of the FIVB’s provisional Olympic rankings. As the No. 1 U.S. team and fourth overall in the FIVB world rankings, they have proven themselves on the international stage. During the qualification period, they secured two medals on the FIVB World Tour, including a gold at the 2019 Chetumal four-star and a bronze at this year’s Doha four-star.

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Introducing Tri Bourne

Tri Bourne has been added to the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team roster through the FIVB’s replacement-player protocol. Bourne, along with Taylor’s brother Trevor Crabb, finished 14th in the provisional Olympic rankings but did not earn a berth due to a limit of two teams per country. Bourne, who has been playing on the international tour since 2014, is honored to fill in for Taylor and represent the team, family, friends, and community back home. He is ready for this moment and eager to join forces with Jake Gibb.

The Road Ahead

Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne will kick off their Olympic schedule on Sunday, July 25 at 10 p.m. in Japan (6 a.m. Pacific) against Italy’s Enrico Rossi and Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich. While Taylor Crabb won’t be able to compete, he remains committed to supporting his new team and cheering on his fellow athletes in Tokyo. His positive vibes and well wishes are with all the athletes, urging them to stay healthy and savor every moment of this incredible experience.

FAQs

Q: How did Taylor Crabb qualify for the Olympics?
A: Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb earned their Olympic berth by finishing in the top 15 of the FIVB’s provisional Olympic rankings.

Q: Who replaced Taylor Crabb on the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team?
A: Tri Bourne has been added to the roster as a replacement player through the FIVB’s protocol.

Q: When will Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne start their Olympic schedule?
A: Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne’s first match is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 at 10 p.m. in Japan (6 a.m. Pacific) against Italy’s Enrico Rossi and Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich.

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Conclusion

Despite the setback faced by Taylor Crabb, the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team remains determined and focused on their goal. Tri Bourne steps in to fill the void left by Crabb’s absence, ready to give his best alongside Jake Gibb. As the competition unfolds, Team USA will continue to showcase their talent, resilience, and teamwork. Let’s support them and cherish the exciting moments that lie ahead.